Welcome to Greenleaf & Blueberry Professional Handmade Watercolors

We are a tiny Artist and Chemist owned company, specializing in handmade supplies and materials for the traveling artist.  Everything we create is held to the highest possible quality standards and made with obsessive attention to detail.  We offer Artisanal Handmade Watercolors, Travel Watercolor Palettes, Hand-Carved Paintbrushes, Digital Paintable Projects, carefully curated supplies, and lots of information on our Blog. 

We are based in rugged Western Colorado.

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Single Pigment Colors:

Every single one of our Artisanal Handmade Watercolors contains just one pigment. No pigment mixes means no color mixing surprises for you. The greater the number of different pigments involved in a pan of watercolor, the less predictably and less cleanly it will mix with other colors. Every pigment displays unique handling characteristics, which become less discernable when masked by additional pigments. We leave mixing decisions up to you, which places the creative control where we believe it belongs: in your hands.

When we say our colors are handmade... we mean it.

Every batch of artisanal watercolors we create is made by hand using muller and slab, just like you see here. Using muller and slab creates a different physical environment than mixers, rollers, etc. This ensures every pigment particle is coated and suspended in our carefully prepared proprietary binder. This method also allows us to react to the pigment on our slab and make necessary adjustments. Natural pigments are dynamic, and carry different compositions and ratios of accessory minerals from batch to batch, depending on the precise location and depth from which a particular sample has been retrieved.

Colors Named for the Single Pigment Each Contains...

Our colors are named after the one pigment they each contain. They are not named after their hue or what their hue resembles. What this approach lacks in whimsey, it compensates for in illumination, leaving you without a shred of doubt about which pigment you are using. We understand how important it is for artists to become intimately acquainted with the pigments they use, and that the development of specific favorites is integral to stylistic and technical choices.

Greenleaf & Blueberry Professional Artisanal Handmade Watercolors

Natural pigments, which are the majority of our offering, also include the country of origin in their name. Any enthusiastic user of the pigment Green Earth or Red Ochre knows that though they bear the same name, samples from different locations vary widely, exhibiting different hues and handling characteristics. Knowing place of origin allows you continuity of hue, handling, and technique.

Our synthetic pigments are also named for the single pigment they contain. Modern synthetic pigments generally receive their names from their chemical structure. While these names carry less meaning to non-chemists, we believe it is important for you to know precicesly which pigment you are using. So even our synthetic colors bear the precise name of the pigment they contain, resplendant in their polysyllabic glory.

Range of Pan Sizes & Options

We offer our colors in five different pan sizes:

Standard Full Pan
Standard Half-Pan
Metal Quarter-Pan
Metal Eighth-Pan
Natural Seashell Pan

Read more about our sizing options and how they can be used here.

Signature Set, 24 Color ~  Bijoux Set (Half-Pans)
Signature Set, 36 Color ~  Bijoux Set (Half-Pans)
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Sketcher's Set Re-Release (Half-Pans)
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Natural & Historical Pigments Set (Half-Pans)
Greenleaf & Blueberry Professional Artisanal Handmade Watercolors

Monarch Butterfly Paintable Project Digital Download
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Paintable Project Digital Download
Luna Moth Paintable Project Digital Download
Buckeye Butterfly Paintable Project Digital Download

Meet the Makers

Salutations!  I'm Jess Greenleaf, an artist living at the edge of the Rockies in Western Colorado.  My husband Matt and I founded G&B back in 2011.  Between his background in Chemistry and my experience in the art supply industry and Art History -- and our mutual love of wilderness adventure, our line of colors was born...

Our Story
Photo By Jillian of The Noisy Plume

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This is the year to take back our time.  No one has enough of it, yet it is being taken from us each time we look at our screens - whether television, monitor, laptop, tablet, or phone.  

I am starting to feel a little like Frodo when he puts on the ring.  When I pick up my phone it is eery how I just disappear, and I see other people do it too.

Our minds and our time are precious, and time is one of the few things that cannot be fabricated or purchased as a commodity.  Are what we are doing with them making us happy?

 

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Breaking In Enamel Palettes & Mixing Areas To Prevent Watercolor Beading

Enamel is widely considered one of the very best surfaces on which to mix watercolors, however, when it is brand spanking new it can cause them to bead like crazy.  Enamel breaks in beautifully over time with use.  In this post I explain how to break in or prime new enamel mixing areas in a few easy steps.
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The world of fountain pens is quite a rabbit hole, and purchasing one can seem overwhelming and intimidating.  There are a lot of options, a huge range of cost and quality, and oh... then there are all of the inks.  In this post I am specifically going to talk about choosing and using fountain pens with waterproof ink for watercolor painting.

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